Charlie Shavers

Born 3 August 1920. Died 8 July 1971
Charlie Shavers
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1920-08-03
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Charlie Shavers

Charlie Shavers Biography (Wikipedia)

Charles James Shavers (August 3, 1920 – July 8, 1971) was an American swing era jazz trumpeter who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, and Billie Holiday. He was an arranger and composer, and one of his compositions, "Undecided", is a jazz standard.

Shavers's father, a distant relative of Fats Navarro, was from the prominent Shavers family of Key West, Florida. Charlie was a cousin of heavyweight boxer Earnie Shavers. Born in New York City, he took up piano and banjo before switching to trumpet.

In the mid-1930s, he performed with Tiny Bradshaw and Lucky Millinder. In 1935 he played in the trumpet section with Dizzy Gillespie and Carl (Bama) Warwick in Frankie Fairfax's Campus Club Orchestra. In 1936 he joined John Kirby's Sextet as trumpet soloist and arranger. He was only 16, but gave his birth date as 1917 to avoid child labor laws; many biographies still list this date.

Shavers's arrangements and solos helped make the band one of the most commercially successful and imitated of its day. In 1937, he performed with Midge Williams and her Jazz Jesters. In 1944 he began playing sessions in Raymond Scott's CBS staff orchestra. In 1945 he left John Kirby's band to join Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra, with whom he toured and recorded, off and on, until 1953. During this time he continued to play at CBS; he also appeared with the Metronome All-Stars, and made a number of recordings as trumpet soloist with Billie Holiday. From 1953 to 1954 he worked with Benny Goodman and toured Europe with Norman Granz's popular Jazz at the Philharmonic series, where he was a crowd favorite. He formed his own band with Terry Gibbs and Louie Bellson.

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Charlie Shavers
Somebody Loves Me
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Rose Room
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Rose Room
Irving Berlin
Top hat, white tie and tails
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Top hat, white tie and tails
Charlie Shavers
Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
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Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
Maxine Sullivan
If I Had A Ribbon Bow
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If I Had A Ribbon Bow
Charlie Shavers
It's Alright With Me
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It's Alright With Me
Charlie Shavers
Somebody Loves Me
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Somebody Loves Me
Nat King Cole
Sweet Lorraine
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Sweet Lorraine

Sweet Lorraine

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Nat King Cole
Johnny Dodds and His Chicago Boys
Melancholy Blues
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Melancholy Blues
Billie Holiday
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
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Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Herb Ellis, Gene Krupa, Gene Krupa, Bill Harris, Bill Harris, Teddy Wilson, Ben Webster, Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers & Charlie Shavers
Swedish Schnapps
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Swedish Schnapps

Swedish Schnapps

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Gene Krupa
Billie Holiday
Solitude
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Solitude
Ray Brown
If The Moon Turns Green
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If The Moon Turns Green
Buddy Rich
Loch Lomond
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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

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Traditional Scottish
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O’Niel Spencer, John Kirby’s Orchestra, John Kirby, Russell Procope, Russell Procope, Billy Kyle, Billy Kyle, Charlie Shavers, Charlie Shavers, Maxine Sullivan, Maxine Sullivan, Buster Bailey & Buster Bailey
If I Had a Ribbon Bow
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If I Had a Ribbon Bow
Stan Kenton, Lee Young, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter and His Orchestra, Dave Cavanaugh, Hollywood Hucksters, Jimmy Rowles, Red Norvo, Irving Ashby, Red Callendar, Charlie Shavers & Hollywood Hucksters
Happy Blues
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Happy Blues
Charlie Shavers
You’re Mine, You
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You’re Mine, You
Tiny Grimes, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier & Osie Johnson
Stealin' The Bean
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Stealin' The Bean

Stealin' The Bean

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Tiny Grimes, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier & Osie Johnson
Charlie Shavers
Windy
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Windy
Charlie Shavers
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
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Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Charlie Shavers
It's Delovely
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It's Delovely
Charlie Shavers
Alexander's Ragtime Band
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Alexander's Ragtime Band
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